I thought I would get nice and personal in this post today and share with you what has been going on with me health wise…..! Although I eat quite healthy and look healthy on the outside. I have been fighting with the auto immune disease Crohn’s disease for the last 15 years. Most of the time I feel pretty good, but if I’m not super careful with my eating choices I start to notice that my health deteriorates. Unfortunately summer always seems to get me off track. I just want to be part of the summer fun that includes easy picnics, extra cocktails and BBQ’s with family and friends. I get carried away and end up over eating on the foods I should be avoiding and now it is time to get my health back on track. Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory disease of the intestines, especially the colon and ileum and starts with a lack of good bacteria in your gut. Most of the health issues people face today can lead back to a lack of good bacteria in their guts. New research is now showing that the role of the gut microbes might be the key to your health. This research tells us some ‘bad’ bacteria are specifically linked to IBD and Crohn’s disease. So I need to re-populate the good bacteria and kill off the bad. I found two well know diets to help me do this. One is called the GAPS diet the other is the SCD diet. They are slightly different but they both have the same goal, to heal your gut! 😉
There are different phases of each diet. I just did the intro phase last week for 3 days and it consisted of me surviving on bone broth, eggs, cooked plain chicken, homemade soup and natural homemade juice gelatine…. It was a very hard 3 days!! I hope that this diet gets my gut back on track. This next phase I will be introducing more veggies (that are cooked), fish, avocado, ripe bananas and some cooked fruit. The main things I will be avoiding are dairy, all grain products, sugar, processed food, alcohol, soy and night shade vegetables. I’m keeping a journal so I can see which foods are good for me and which ones I should avoid. We are bio-individuals and so what works for me might not work for someone else. I ‘m happy to be on the path of healing.
If you haven’t heard if both broth yet, its quite the new health trend. It takes some time and energy to make, but the healing properties are worth it. Being a vegetarian most of my life made it that much more difficult for me to make. I didn’t enjoy dealing with the chicken carcuss but we do what we gotta do. 😉 Bone broth can be made from any animal or fish bones and is high in minerals like calcium and magnesium. It’s known for “healing and sealing” your gut as well as inhibiting infection and fighting inflammation. I highly recommend you try it. You can just drink it warm out of a mug or I preferred to add some cooked chicken or carrots to it and eat it like soup. Now I am using it as the stock in all my soups.
- 1 organic chicken (pasture raised) carcuss with all the bones (I roasted a chicken first then used the bones)
- 3 celery stalks, washed and trimmed
- 2 onions, peeled and halfed
- 4 peeled carrots, roughly chopped
- 1 tbs peppercorns, whole
- Crock pot
- filtered water
- I think using a crock pot is the easiest way to make this.
- Once you have roasted and carved away all the meat, toss all of the bones and the carcuss into your crock pot.
- Toss in the carrots, onions, peppercorns and celery.
- Add enough water to cover all the ingredients in the pot and turn your crock pot on low, let the broth cook for 12-24 hours.
- I then strained out all of the bones and the veggies and just used the broth.
- Note: I saved the carrots and used them in my soup later but you could use all of the vegg and make chicken soup?)
- I stored the broth in glass jars in my fridge for up to a week.